Thanksgiving and Harvest Hymns - Start Page and Titles List

A Collection of 100+ Traditional Hymns for Harvest Festival and Thanksgiving with PDF for printing.

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Thanksgiving hymns
Thanksgiving is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word Thanksgivingus, meaning "coming". Latin Thanksgivingus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ. For Christians, the season of Thanksgiving anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives. The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming. Thanksgiving is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Thanksgiving Sunday. At least in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Moravian, Presbyterian and Methodist calendars, Thanksgiving starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25, which is the Sunday between November 27 and December 3 inclusive. Christians of these denominations observe the season through practices such as keeping an Thanksgiving calendar, lighting an Thanksgiving wreath, praying an Thanksgiving daily devotional, among other ways of preparing for Christmastide, such as setting up Christmas decorations. The Eastern churches' equivalent of Thanksgiving is called the Nativity Fast, but it differs in both length and observances and does not begin the church year, which starts instead on September 1. The Eastern Christmas fast does not use the equivalent parousia in its preparatory services. The theme of readings and teachings during Thanksgiving is often the preparation for the Second Coming while commemorating the First Coming of Christ at Christmas. The first clear references in the Western Church to Thanksgiving occur in the Gelasian Sacramentary, which provides Thanksgiving Collects, Epistles, and Gospels for the five Sundays preceding Christmas and for the corresponding Wednesdays and Fridays. While the readings relate to the first coming of Jesus Christ as savior as well as to his second coming as judge, traditions vary in the relative importance of penitence and expectation during the four Sundays in Thanksgiving.(Ref Wikipedia)

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There are also many other Christian pieces on this site which are included with other collections, e.g. the Children's Songs section contains quite a few.